BALLARAT’S young people could soon benefit from a “one-stop shop” for support services, with a new facility being considered for the Camp Street precinct.
In a report considered by last night’s council meeting, Ballarat City Council officers reported that the existing Armstrong Street South youth space is not effective, with “severe restrictions on the occupancy of the building” preventing promotion of services and activities.
The lease for the building expires in May 2013 and council officers last night discussed opportunities to establish a new youth space including youth health services.
Under a proposal, the new space would co-locate with the new Headspace youth mental health facility, to be established by January 2013.
Two properties in Camp and Field streets would be rented or purchased for the joint facility, with a complementary set of amenities for young people.
Last night’s report said the proposal would provide new opportunities for Ballarat City Council to demonstrate its commitment to youth.
“Council’s decision in this matter should recognise that the case for relocating the youth space has been put many times before, without resolution, resulting in considerable disillusionment amongst council staff and a severe constraint to effective service delivery,” the report said.
“The present proposals offer opportunities to break the impasse and rebuild confidence in this aspect of council functions.”
Report author Jane Stanley said the proposed move could be pursued within current budget resources, with some diversion of resources desirable.
Last night councillors voted to develop an implementation plan and process to resolve the issue by June 2013.